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Bucktail softball cruises past Williamson to improve to 3-0

KEVIN RAUCH/For The Express Bucktail’s Jordan Burrows knocked this pitch just short of the left-field fence, giving her team a three-run lead on their way to a 10-0 win against Williamson on Saturday afternoon.

Bucktail has yet to play a full seven-inning game this year as they continue to steamroll opponents. Saturday afternoon, the Bucks did that again, shutting out Williamson, 10-0, to improve to 3-0 on the season. Bucktail junior Emma Poorman allowed just two hits and had complete control throughout the game.

Williamson tried to take an early lead, loading the bases with two outs in the top of the first. It was from that point on that Poorman took over the game. After striking out Karlie Kilmer to end the potential threat, Poorman would only allow just one more hit and two more walks for the final five innings of the game.

“That was Emma’s first full game in over two years. She threw a couple of innings here and there, I think she got stronger as the game went on” Bucktail coach Mike Poorman said. “She was a little high on some of her pitches and didn’t have the velocity at the beginning, but she really came on in the middle innings.

“Once again we’re stinging the ball through the line-up, getting hits up and down the lineup. We bunted the ball a few times today, which I really want to start being able to do when needed.”

Assuming the pitching remains solid, the hitting could just be what proves to successful all season and even into the postseason for Bucktail.

The Nos. 7, 8 and 9 batters — Lily Francis, Alexis Lowery and Kayla Probert, respectively — combined for four hits and four RBIs, led by Lowery’s two hits and 2 RBIs. The front of the lineup is already one of the Mid-Penn’s best, if not at the top.

The continued emergence of the younger players could prove lethal for the Bucks.

Two RBI hits are becoming a staple of the Bucktail offense as Jordan Burrows, Julie Green and Lowery each had a multi-RBI hit. Haley Burrows had two of her own. Jordan Burrow’s big hit came with two outs in the bottom of the second on a ball she sent over the left-fielders head to make the score, 3-0.

Although with Poorman and Mackenzie Wagner having been so dominant from the mound in the first three games the defensive isn’t getting many chances to show their talents. Flashes of solid play were sprinkled throughout the error free game.

Poorman fielded a shallow blooper that she dove to catch on her left side, completing the double-play on a runner that had taken off from first while still on her knees. Haley Burrows also made a diving catch from her second base position, tracking it down into the grass of right field.

“Defensively we made all of the plays we could, some I didn’t think we were going to, but yeah, we’re still not getting a whole lot of work there,” Poorman said.

The Bucks are scheduled to host St. John Neumann today before going to what could shape out to be their hardest test of the season when they travel to Muncy on Thursday.

Bucktail 126 001 — 10 10 0

Williamson 000 000 — 0 2 0

W–Poorman. L–K. Shieve.

Top Bucktail hitters: J. Burrows 1-4, 2 RBIs; H. Burrows 2-3, 2 RBIs, run; M. Wagner 2-3, RBI, 2 runs; E. Poorman 1-2, RBI, run; R. Isaacs 1-3, run; J. Green 2-3, 2 RBIs, run; L. Francis 1-3, run; A. Lowery 2-3, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; K. Probert 1-2, run. Top Williamson hitters: G. Stephens 1-3; L. Peterson 1-1.

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